Round No. 2: Short Track Super Series South Region Heads To Bridgeport Speedway Sunday, April 17 After Strong Start In Delaware; $25,000 Purse Posted For Second Annual ‘South Jersey Shootout’





BRIDGEPORT, NJ – The Velocita South Region of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP stormed out of the gate at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway in mid-March.

Now, the series ventures to South Jersey for Round No. 2 at Bridgeport Speedway.

The second annual ‘South Jersey Shootout’ is set for Sunday, April 17 at the spacious five-eighths-mile oval, standing out as the richest race of the spring in the Garden State. There is a rain date of April 24 in place.

A purse structure of more than $25,000 is on the line, including $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 just to take the green flag for 40 laps of big-block/small-block Modified action. And there is more: lap money, bonus awards and contingencies from more than 20 different companies are always part of the equation at STSS events.

New York’s Anthony Perrego was tops at Georgetown March 12 with a stout performance, besting a field of 43 Modifieds to snag the early STSS Velocita South Region point lead. Perrego finished second in the South standings to champion Ryan Watt a year ago.

Perrego’s Gary Mann-owned No. 55 led David Van Horn Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ryan Godown and Jordan Watson across the Georgetown stripe. All five drivers – and many more – plan to file through the Bridgeport gates on the 17th.

A busy day of racing will take place at Bridgeport on April 17, with the Sportsman (Bridgeport rules, $750 to win) and Outlaw Stocks racing on the five-eighths-mile and the XCel 600 Modifieds, $1,000 to win, racing on the inner quarter-mile.

The STSS Modified purse structure is noted as the strongest in the area. The complete ‘South Jersey Shootout’ breakdown is as follows: 1. $5,000; 2. $3,000; 3. $2,000; 4. $1,500; 5. $1,400; 6. $1,150; 7. $1,125; 8. $1,100; 9. $1,050; 10. $1,000; 11. $750; 12. $650; 13. $550; 14. $450; 15. $425; 16. $415; 17. $405; 18-last $400.

On the 17th, it gates will open at noon, with grandstand gates unlocked at 1 p.m. The drivers’ meeting takes place at 2:30 p.m., hot laps get underway at 3 p.m. and racing begins at 4 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $25. Students, ages 10-15, pay $10 and Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Last year, Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., earned top ‘South Jersey Shootout’ laurels, with David Van Horn Jr., Craig Von Dohren, a rim-riding Ryan Watt and Jack Swain completing the front five.

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2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Schedule

Saturday, March 12 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – WINNER: ANTHONY PERREGO

Sunday, April 17 (Rain Date: April 24) – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ – South Jersey Shootout

Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)

Thursday, May 26 (Rain Date: TBA)Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50

Tuesday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ – Dirty Jersey 4 – $10,000 to win!

Sunday, July 31 (Rain Date: Aug. 7) – Susquehanna Speedway Park/Newberrytown, PA – York County Nationals

Tuesday, Aug. 30 (Rain Date: Aug. 31) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Blast at the Beach – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region Point Fund (*based on 7 events): 1. $8,500; 2. $4,500; 3. $3,000; 4. $2,000; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,250; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,150; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,050

*Drivers with perfect attendance outside the top-10 will receive $250 at year-end.



     The Bridgeport Speedway swung open the gates on the 5/8 mile track and the 2016 season with the 60 Over Special Doug Hoffman Memorial Race and produced a show that would have made the past champion and promoter very proud.

     Dominick Buffalino came away with the big win, dominating a field of some thirty-five Big Block Modifieds to win the bigRSI_5725-Lgest race of his career to date! 

     Buffalino raced into the lead on lap three, taking over the point from Jimmy Horton, the most successful driver in thRSI_5752-Le history of the Bridgeport Speedway.  Horton, the race’s polesitter, was awarded the pole in a revenge draw – a position actually drawn by Bridgeport invader, Brett Hearn. 

     Buffalino dominated the race that ran for thirty-one laps without a caution flag.  That caution was needed when Craig VonDohren and the Dick Biever owned, No. 14s came to a stop at the end of the backstretch. 

     On the restart, Ryan Godown raced into second, emerging from a three wide battle with Jesse Hill and Stewart Friesen.  Hill raced to the high line around the track and retook second on the next lap.  2012 Bridgeport Champion, Rick Laubach raced into the top five to challenge Friesen. 

     New York invader, Anthony Perrego drew the caution with just seven laps to go and again the field was realigned for the double file restart.  Godown made his way by Hill who had his hands full with a challenge from Laubach.  2013 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt challenged Friesen for a top five position after racing his way from an eighteenth place starting spot. 


     Buffalino was flawless as he led the competition to the checkered flag after forty-four laps.  Godown, the winner of last year’s event, finished second followed by Laubach.  Friesen got my Watt at the end to finish fourth with Watt rounding out the top five.  Jordan Watson, Brett Hearn, reigning Bridgeport Champion, J
amie Mills, Sam Martz and Doug Manmiller rounded out the top ten.  After spending most of the event racing in second, Hill made hard contact in turn four on the final lap while the field raced to the finish.

     The season opener was also the first race of the 2016 811 Dig Safely Poker Series  – an event that Hoffman himself introduced to the Bridgeport Speedway.  Buffalino’s win gave him an Ace to start this season’s competition.

     The 60 Over event was the first race of four to be included in the pre-season point chase, sponsored by Oliver Construction Enterprises and Oliver Communications Group, Inc.  The top three drivers in points during the four race pre-season in each of the three divisions – Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks – will be rewarded for their efforts.  The top driver in each division will receive $500, with $300 and $200 awarded to second and third, respectively. 

     Jeremy Harrington also earned an Ace as he picked up the season opener in the Crate/Sportsman main event.  Harrington and Travis Hill, driving the Cogdill No. 98, put on quite a show as they ba1-Bpt60over32616 212ttled for the lead throughout the twenty lap event but it was Brad Roberts who trailed Harrington at the checkered by virtue of a last lap pass for second.  Hill finished third followed by Steve Davis and 2015 Rookie Champion, Steve Kemery.

     Ron Frees resumed his winning ways at the Bridgeport Speedway.  The 2014 Outlaw Stock Poker Champion, earned his first Ace with his win.  Scott Dugan and Frees battled for the lead, lap after lap, until Dugan got tangled with TJ Henry while racing for position.  Both Dugan and Henry restarted from the rear and as Frees took the checkered flag, both found themselves with top five finishes.

     Frees led 2015 Poker Champion, Tom Wills, Jr. to the checkered with Henry taking third.  2014 Champion, Jim Avery finished fourth followed by Dugan at the finish line.

     The Bridgeport Speedway and Spirit Auto Center Speedway will be open for a test and tune session on Saturday, April 2nd, starting at 5pm.  Racing action returns to Bridgeport on Sunday, April 10th when the United Racing Club returns to the 5/8 mile track to open their 2016 season, joined by the Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks and the 2016 DA’s Auto Body Rookie Class.  Racing will get underway at 4pm.



SPIRIT AUTO CENTERS BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS (44 LAPS) 1. Dominick Buffalino, 2. Ryan Godown, 3. Rick Laubach, 4. Stewart Friesen, 5. Ryan Watt, 6. Jordan Watson, 7. Brett Hearn, 8. Jamie Mills, 9. Sam Martz, 10. Doug Manmiller, 11. Billy Pauch, Jr. 12. Tommy Beamer, 13. Richie Pratt, 14. Jeff Strunk, 15. Brett Kressley, 16. Jesse Hill, 17. Ryan Krachun, 18. Mike Franz, 19. Jim Britt, 20. Ron Roberts, 21. Anthony Perrego, 22. Craig VonDohren, 23. Matt Sheppard, 24. Jerry Higbie, 25. David Hunt, 26. Jimmy Horton

STEWART STAINLESS CRATE/SPORTSMAN (20 LAPS) 1. Jeremy Harrington, 2. Brad Roberts, 3. Travis Hill, 4. Steve Davis, 5. Steve Kemery, 6. Scott Hitchens, 7. Frank Dorry, Jr., 8. Clyde Cox, 9. Brandon Grosso, 10. Dylan Betts, 11. Adam Cox, 12. Jeff Bubori, 13. Scott Hulmes, 14. Ernie Miles, III, 15. Tyler Hulmes, 16. Eric Hitz, 17. John Micek, 18. David Crossman, 19. Matt Budd, 20. Kevin Belmont, 21. Freddie Massey, 22. Pete Serra, 23. Frank Venezia, 24. Mike Mammana, 25. Matt Stangle

PENNCO TECH OUTLAW STOCKS (15 LAPS) 1. Ron Frees, 2. Tom Wills, Jr., 3. TJ Henry, 4. Jimmy Avery, 5. Scott Dugan, 6. Billy Wroble, 7. Jeff Dirkes, 8. Spider Ensinger, 9. Gary Klimeczak, 10. Joe Meron, 11. Bob Firth, 12. Vern McLaughlin, 13. Ken Watson, Jr., 14. Steven Land, 15. John Mayer, 16. Brian Ludwig, 17. Sean Smith, 18. Art Avery

60 Over Special – Quick Results



1 – Dom Buffalino, 2 – Ryan Godown, 3 – Rick Laubach, 4 – Stewart Friesen, 5 – Ryan Watt, 6 – Jordan Watson, 7 – Brett Hearn, 8 – Jamie Mills, 9 – Sammy Martz, 10 – Doug Manmiller, 11 – Billy Pauch Jr., 12 – Tommy Beamer, 13 – Riche Pratt Jr., 14 – Jeff Strunk, 15 – Brett Kressley, 16 – Jesse Hill, 17 – Ryan Krachun, 18 – Mike Franz, 19 – Jim Britt, 20 – Ron Roberts, 21 – Anthony Perrago, 22 – Craig Von Dohren, 23 – Matt Sheppard, 24 – Jerry Higbie, 25 – David Hunt, 26 – Jimmy Horton


1 – Jeremy Harrington, 2 – Brad Roberts, 3 – Travis Hill, 4 – Steve Davis, 5 – Steve Kemery, 6 – Scott Hitchins, 7 – Frank Dorry Jr. 8 – Clyde Cox, 9 – Brandon Grosso, 10 – Dylan Betts, 11 – Adam Cox, 12 – Jeff Bubori, 13 – Scott Humes, 14 – Ernie Miles III, 15 – Tyler Humes, 16 – Eric Hitz, 17 – John Micek, 18 – David Crossman, 19 – Matt Budd, 20 – Kevin Belmont, 21 – Freddie Massey, 22 – Pete Serra, 23 – Frank Venezia, 24 – Mike Mammana, 25 – Matt Stangle


1 – Ron Frees, 2 – Tom Wills Jr., 3 – TJ Henry, 4 – Jimmy Avery, 5 – Scott Dugan, 6 – Billy Wroble, 7 – Jeff Dirkes, 8 – Spider Ensinger, 9 – Gary Klimeczak, 10 – Joe Meron, 11 – Bob Firth, 12 – Vern McLaughlin, 13 – Ken Watson Jr, 14 – Steven Land, 15 – John Mayer, 16 – Brian Ludwig, 17 – Sean Smith, 18 – Art Avery

The ’60over Special’




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The silence is almost deafening!  However, no need to worry my friends.  The silence will be shattered very soon if you know what I mean.  Engines.  Grinders.  Drills.  Air guns.  Air compressors.  Water trucks packing the moist clay.  Announcers.  Kids playing.  Adults conversing.  Duct tape ripping to save those seats.  Music in the parking lot.  Deep fryers in the kitchen.  Sounds like music to my ears, how bout you?

There’s just something about that fourth Saturday in March that just gets the blood pumping faster, gives you goose bumps, makes the hair60over6 on your arms stand straight.  It’s Bridgeport’s Opening Day, that we all have circled on our calendars.  It can’t come soon enough!  Like I said, no need to fret, it will be here before you know it.

The ’60over Special’ is just what is says…SPECIAL.  I’ll never forget the first year how race day played out.  The sun was shining on a decent, early Spring Saturday afternoon and the vibe was once again, special.  Actually, the night before, when we had an open practice was when it all started  to sink in.  When Pat Ward pulled up  late Friday afternoon, I thought “Here’s the first one and he’s a good one!”  On Saturday I was nervous, excited,  and sad all at the same time.  Nervous, because it was my first race working at Bridgeport.  Excited, because of what was actually going on in the pit area and on the grandstand side.  Sad, because of why we were actually paying tribute.  I’m pretty sure I’ll feel all three of those emotions again on March 26.


The talent that showed up for the inaugural ’60over Special’ was second to none!  Sheppard, Friesen, Hearn, Decker, Ward, Laubach, Watt, Godown,  Horton, Pratt, Cozze, VonDohren, Howard, Higbie, Wight, Blewett, Mahaney, Johnson…I can keep going on.  The man that stood tall over all that talent was New York’s Bobby Varin.  Personally, I was very excited to see Bobby win the race.  He was one of the drivers that actually raced a lot with Doug over the years.  So, even he knew it was special to win that race.

The atmosphere was electric, I ca60over4n remember. I hadn’t seen Bridgeport that packed in years.  I remember running out of food half way through the event.  We were scrambling everywhere to make ends meet.  At one point I was unloading all of the soda machines and bringing them back to the concession stands.  I’ll never forget seeing Brian (Ramey) jump into the pit concession and cutting up what was supposed to be meatloaf into hamburgers, just to put them on a hot dog bun.  Garbage cans were over flowing non-stop.  Like I said, it was nuts on both sides of the track that day.  I’ll never forget the cleanup after that race either…what a mess!

For the past two seasons the ’60over Special’ event was held with Ryan Watt and Ryan Godown coming out the victors.  However, both shows were held on Easter Sunday afternoons.  Obviously, less than ideal circumstances to work with.  The ’14 and ’15 races were rained out in March pushing the show into April.  A nice Saturday afternoon is wh60over3at I’m sure all of us are wishing for come March 26.  I know that Bridgeport’s made a ton of new fans since that first race that would love to see the ‘Doug Hoffman Memorial’ come back bigger than ever.  Not mention some drivers that itching to cash in who weren’t able to attend the first ’60over Special’ too.

So, who’s gonna come out for the ’60over Special’ Tribute?  Who’s gonna be tailgating?  Who’s gonna bring their children to see the Easter Bunny and bea part of the Easter Egg Hunt?  Who’s gonna be that ‘Pat Ward’?  Who’s gonna win?  Who’s gonna wear their Doug Hoffman gear andrepresent?  What food will the track run outta first?  Who’s gonna save that first seat?  Who’s gonna be the first camper to pull in?  Who’s gonna be the first person to wear the all new ’60over Special’ apparel?  Who or What is gonna make March 26 ‘SPECIAL’ once again?  The answers are simple.  All you gotta do is show up and see for yourself.

 Written By: Danny Serrano


The names Brett Hearn and Doug Hoffman absolutely go ‘hand in hand’ with each other.  Arguably, two of the best modified chauffeurs to ever strap into a race car have raced thousands of times against each other throughout their illustrious careers.  The 8-time Mr. DIRT champion had one of the fiercest battles in Super Dirt Car Series history back in 1996.  Hearn edged Doug Hoffman for the Mr. Dirt title by a mere 3 points.  Doug Hoffman won two of the battles that year by winning at Syracuse and the Bridgeport 200, however it was Brett ‘The Jet’ who won the war.

The Sussex, NJ driver has visited Bridgeport’s victory lane twice in his Big Block career.  Hearn won a season opener back in the 90’s era while also capturing the USNA 200 back in 2000.  Hearn’s last competition at the 5/8 mile clay oval came in August of ’13 during the 8th Annual Friends of Mike event.  Hearn is not known to step outside of his familiar No. 20 machines, but this coming Saturday he’ll be steering for one of the toughest teams in the Northeast, in the Mike Petruska-owned Atlas Paving No. 66.  Ironically, it was the Atlas Team that stood in the winner’s circle during the first ever ’60over Special’ with Bobby Varin as their driver and would like nothing short of the same results three years later.

The three-division program all goes down this Saturday, March 26 at 4pm.  The Big Blocks will compete in Hand #1 of the ‘811 Dig Safe’ Poker Series in the 44-lap $4,000 to win event.  The Crate/Sportsman 20-lap race will see the victor take home a cool $1,000, while the Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks battle it out for $500 in their 15-lap affair.  An open practice will take place the night before from 7 to 10pm.  Teams can leave their haulers overnight if they prefer, while the pit gates open 11am on Saturday.  For all race day information please, check out Bridgeport Speedway’s official Facebook page, or call the track hotline at 856-467-4408.



Three-Division Bridgeport ‘Pre-Season’ Point Series Endorsed By The Oliver Companies


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Bridgeport, NJ – Who says that ‘pre-season’ doesn’t count?  Not Bridgeport Speedway, and certainly not the Oliver Communications Group or Oliver Construction Enterprises.  While Bridgeport’s ‘traditional’ points towards the 2016 track championships won’t start until Saturday, April 30, the ’16 schedule consists of four racing programs prior to that date.  The Oliver Companies of Bordentown, NJ have signed on as the title sponsor for the four-race pre-season point championship series.

“How it will work is pretty simple,” offered track manager Danny Serrano.  Opening Day, Saturday, March 26 will be the first leg of the 2016 ‘811 Dig Safe Poker Series’.  Then Sundays, April 10, 17(South Jersey Shootout), and 24 will round out the ‘Oliver Companies Pre-Season Point Series.’  It should be noted that Sunday, April 24 will offer 50 ‘show up’ points toward the 2016 track title for any driver/car that registers and is present in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block, Crate/Sportsman, and Pennco  Tech Outlaw Stock divisions.  “The traditional Saturday night point system will be used in these four races in all three divisions, and we’ll crown three pre-season point champions on Sunday, April 24.  All four of these races are ‘draw’ races with no handicapping system.  The champions will receive $500 each, while second will take home $300, and third place will earn $200.  I think it’s a pretty neat deal to offer the drivers a little something different and extra.  Hopefully, it will give some guys some incentive to want to come race at Bridgeport before our regular point season kicks off.  I’ve known the Oliver Family for some time now, and they are a great asset to our sport and I’m just proud to have them be a part of Bridgeport this year,” summarized Serrano.


The Oliver Companies are actually two completely separate operations both out of Bordentown, NJ.  The Oliver Communications Group, formed in 1992, has been servicing the expanding industry of telecommunications.  They provide a complete line of telecommunication cabling services from project engineering through final testing.  Their installations include voice, data, audio, video, running copper, fiber, coax, or any type of media required.  Oliver Communications Group installs both inside and outside plant projects holding electrical licenses in NJ, MD, DE, and VA.  ‘OCG’ also has a knowledgeable support staff of Estimators, Salesman, Project Managers, and RCDD and on-site Cad operations.  “We’re glad to be a part of this series,’ offered Phil Oliver, the man behind it all.  “Anytime we go to Bridgeport, we always feel welcomed and we like to support dirt track racing in any way we can,’ Oliver added.  For more information on ‘OCG’ you can visit or call609-324-1750.


On the other hand, Phil’s son is the founder and president of Oliver Construction Enterprises.  In 2011, young entrepreneur and racing enthusiast PJ Oliver decided to form his own business and has been busy ever since.  ‘OCE’ is also a telecommunications operation that installs fiber optics and data cabling for commercial, industrial, school, and hospital industries.  They offer both inside and outside plant work and specialize in directional boring and excavation.  “I learned a lot and gained valuable experience working for my Dad and I’m proud to have my own business now,” relayed the current small/big block Cream Ridge, NJ driver.  “I think the series is a pretty cool deal myself, especially in the support divisions.  I know that every little bit can help when you’re driving an Outlaw Stock or Crate/Sportsman,” Oliver added.  Although not a weekly regular at the 5/8 mile South Jersey oval, PJ Oliver does have Bridgeport circled on his calendar quite often in 2016.  “We’ll be getting our Big Block back from Morrison real soon, and we’ll race at Bridgeport every opportunity we get this year,” admitted the former Outlaw Stock champion.  For more information on Oliver Construction Enterprises you can reach them at 609-324-1753 or email them at[email protected].


The 2016 season all starts this coming Saturday, March 19 with an open-house practice.  Gates open at 9am for early-bird inspection while cars will hit the track at noon sharp.  Practice sessions on the 5/8 mile will conclude at 4pm.  Racecars of all divisions are welcomed to the first of three pre-season practices.  The second practice will take place on Friday, March 25 from 7pm to 10pm:  the evening before the ‘Fourth Annual Doug Hoffman Memorial-60over Special”.  Then on Saturday, April 2 the final practice session hits the track from 5pm to 9pm.  For more information on the upcoming Bridgeport Speedway season please visit and don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.IMG_2659

2016 Bridgeport Speedway Practice Sessions, Points, and Tire Information

Bridgeport, NJ – The 2016 racing season at the Gloucester County oval is quickly approaching.  March 26 marks the ’16 Opening Day featuring the ‘Fourth Annual Doug Hoffman Memorial 60over Special’.  The marquee season lid-lifter honors the late Doug Hoffman and everything he did for and meant to Bridgeport Speedway.

Practice Sessions:  There are three scheduled practices early in the season.  The first practice will be held Saturday, March 19 from 12pm to 4pm.  Drivers and cars of any division are welcomed to shake down their equipment.  Gates open at 9am for early-bird safety inspection held by track Safety Inspector Ed Olsen.  The Spirit Auto Center Speedway 1/4 mile will also be practicing from 3pm to 6pm (3pm to 4pmalternating tracks).  New Head Tech Inspector Tommy Ballard will be on hand to answer all technical questions as well as inspect race cars.  Grandstands will offer free admission while it will be $25 to enter the pit area.  A reminder to all minors 16 and 17 years old:  Please have a copy of your birth certificate available as well as a parent or guardian to sign the minor release form.  This applies to all Spirit Auto Center Speedway drivers 14 through 17 as well.  A rain date of Sunday, March 20 will be used if needed (same times).

Practice #2 will take place on Friday evening March 25 on the 5/8 mile only.  Gates open at 4pm with cars slated to hit the track from 7pm to 10pm.  Teams are welcomed to leave their haulers in the pits overnight before the ’60over Special’.

Practice #3 will take place on Saturday, April 2 in the twilight hours from 5pm to 9pm.  Both 5/8 and 1/4 mile venues will be practicing in this final preparation for the 2016 season.

2016 Points:  There are three different point funds in 2016;  Regular Season Points, 811 Dig Safely Poker Series Points, and The Oliver Companies ‘Pre-Season’ Point Series

Poker Series Points:  All drivers placing in the top 13 in their respective divisions will receive playing cards.  A driver or car must be present and register for the evening’s race to be eligible for the Poker Series point fund.  A driver must be compete in 5 of the 6 schedule events in order to be eligible to collect Poker Series point fund money.  All Poker Series events will have a $10 car entry fee just as in previous years.

Show Up Points:  There are 4 designated races that offer ‘track show up points’ that go towards the 2016 track championship.  Sunday, April 24, Wednesday, May 25, Wednesday, June 15, and Sunday, July 3.  The driver or car must be present and register for the evening to receive the 50 points.

2016 Tire Rules:  For all Poker, pre-season, and post-season races any modified-style American Stamped Racing Tires are allowed within the correct compounds (33 or harder on fronts, 44 or harder on LR, and 48 or harder on RR).  During regular season point races drivers must have Bridgeport Stamped tires under the correct compounds (44 or harder on fronts, 44 or harder on LR, and 48, 53 (now offered), 56 or Bridgeport Hard on RR).  All drivers will be given a maximum of FOUR races to comply with using Bridgeport Stamped tires.

Remembering Doug Hoffman – Bridgeport Style

   Doug Hoffman was a racer.

     Former car owners, fellow competitors as well as track personnel will all tell you the same thing.  When he was at the race track, Doug Hoffman was focused on racing and racing to win.  He went out on the track and raced.  He came back into the pits and watched the track.  He was always thinking about the next laps that he would turn.  He wasn’t there to socialize.  He was there to race. hoffman 4

     And there is no questioning his success.

     Four hundred and eighty-two times, Hoffman raced to the checkered flag first.  92 of those wins came on the 5/8th mile track at the Bridgeport Speedway but Hoffman’s winning efforts stretched far and wide.  Hoffman won on thirty-eight different tracks during his career, racing throughout the Northeast, North Carolina, Florida and Texas  and into Canada as well.

     In addition to multiple track and series titles, Hoffman picked up the big win at the New York State Fairgrounds in 1996, winning the 25th Anniversary event in his 13th start.  It was a race to remember as Hoffman started 42nd on the field.  After multiple mechanical issues during qualifying, Hoffman was forced to use his guaranteed starting spot but that just made the win all the sweeter when the checkered flag waved.hoffman 5

     After years of promoting the Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, PA, it was Hoffman who rose to the occasion when Jay James stepped away from the Bridgeport Speedway at the    end of the 2012 season.

     Bridgeport Speedway owner, Brian Ramey, met with Hoffman to determine the future of the Bridgeport Speedway.  “I didn’t know Doug well,” Ramey related.  “But he did drive for Jay  (James) at one time, so I had seen him at work.  And Jay does have winner’s checks hanging up in his shop that proved his ability.”  Ramey continued, “Doug approached us to discuss the  possibility of him taking the reins for the 2012 season.  We had several people pursuing the opportunity but none of them had the insight that Doug had.”  As discussions  continued, Hoffman’s excitement grew.  “There was no doubt that he (Hoffman) was the best fit the family since his heart was in Big Blocks and that is what Bridgeport was designed and  built for.”

     Hoffman came to Bridgeport armed with both his experience as a driver and as a promoter.  He knew what the drivers wanted.  And he knew how to promote races.  The Big Block  Modifieds returned to Bridgeport Speedway after a year’s absence.  Hoffman introduced the Poker Series to the Bridgeport Speedway  – a series that had proven successful during his tenure at Mahoning.  He not only continued to bring the top five feature finishers behind the grandstands – a practice that he never supported as a driver – but he also would bring the entire starting line-up behind the grandstands on special occasions.  He brought the racers to the fans and it was a success.
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     Dave Adams remembers Hoffman as both a competitor as well as a promoter.  “When I worked for Jay at Bridgeport, Doug fought me tooth and nail,” Adams remembers.  “He didn’t want to come behind the grandstand after the feature event.”  Adams returned to Bridgeport as a competitor during the 2012 season.  Now Doug Hoffman, the promoter, had a very different perspective.  “He came over to me in the pits one night,” Adams remembers.  “He told me that he wanted to talk to me.”  Hofffman apologized for his lack of cooperation as a driver.  “He told me that I was right and he was wrong and he knew that now,”  Adams added.

     Danny Serrano saw Hoffman in a different light.  Serrano was a Doug Hoffman fan for many years, prior to working at a race track.  “He (Hoffman) was my favorite driver growing up but we formed a different relationship once he took over at Bridgeport,” Serrano explains.  “We’d talk every Monday about how our Saturdays went at each of our tracks.  (Serrano worked at the New Egypt Speedway during the 2012 season.)  “It was really cool.  He would give me advice and then he would also ask me for some advice. “

      Since the passing of Doug Hoffman, it has been Dave Adams, Danny Serrano and Doug’s brother, Keith Hoffman who have joined forces with Ramey in running the Bridgeport Speedway.

     Unlike his brother, Keith Hoffman did not come to Bridgeport with prior experience in track management.  But Keith knows racing from a driver’s perspective, as did Doug, and he had business experience with Hoffmans Speed Supplies.  “I knew Doug had turned Bridgeport around,” Keith explained.  “And my business revolved around the race track.   I wanted to be sure that the track was in the right hands.”
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     And very much like his brother, Keith Hoffman as had to learn to groom the speedway surface.  When Doug was unhappy with the results, he took over the track maintenance himself.  Now that job belongs to Keith.  “I didn’t know anything about preparing a race track,” Keith relates.  “But I’m learning.  I know what needs to be done to make a track for great racing and I’m proud when the guys talk about how racy the track is and we have a good show.”

     As the start of the 2016 season quickly approaches, the Bridgeport Speedway prepares to honor Doug Hoffman with their season opener – the 60 Over Doug Hoffman Memorial – scheduled for Saturday, March 26th.

     This year’s event will mark the fourth running of the 60 Over Special.  No one has been able to repeat in this prestigious event.  Bobby Varin was the winner in a wild finish in the inaugural event.  2013 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt picked up the win in 2014 while Ryan Godown put the Hewlett No. 901 in Victory Lane for last year’s event.

     The Bridgeport Speedway will be open for practice this Saturday, March 19th.  Both the 5/8th mile and Spirit Auto Center 1/4 mile track will be open to competitors to prepare for the start of the season.  A second practice session will be held for the 5/8 mile track on the night preceeding the 60 Over Special.  The first hand of the Poker Series will be dealt for the 60 Over Special with the Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks taking part in the 811 Dig Safely sponsored events.

     Another round of practice is scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd.  On Sunday, April 10th, the United Racing Club Sprint cars will join the Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks and Rookies.  The South Jersey Shootout will follow one week later on Sunday, April 17th.

     On Saturday, March 26th, the Bridgeport Speedway will honor Doug Hoffman.  it is an event that would make the former track champion and promoter proud!

Written By: Deb Smith

Bridgeport’s TSRS 305 Poker Series Lands New Title Sponsor For 2016.

Bridgeport, NJ – Once again the drivers of the Hillborn Injection Tri-State Racesaver 305 Sprint Series will have something extra to ‘play’ for this upcoming race season as the popular ‘Poker Series’ races held at Bridgeport Speedway will return in 2016.  The TSRS Sprint Car Series have Bridgeport inked on their schedule for 12 events throughout the ’16 campaign.  Half of these events will count towards the ‘Poker Series’ championship.  Rather than traditional points the Poker Series events reward the drivers with playing cards (Ace through 2).  First place finishers receive an ‘Ace’, second place drivers earn a ‘King’, all the way down to the 13th position (2).

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Bridgeport Speedway is proud to announce that ‘Tanner Brothers Dairy Farm’ has signed on to be the title sponsor for the unique six race format. Tanner Brothers is a family owned and operated farm market serving farm fresh produce and dairy products that is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  The Tanner Brothers Dairy store has been in business since 1971.   For 45 years they have been processing all dairy products on sight including their coveted milk and ice cream products.  The Tanner Store also offers homegrown angus and beef for the meat lovers.  Their market has become a staple in the lives of many Bucks County residents and continue the legacy and tradition of providing the best dairy and produce.

South Jersey wheelmen Bobby DeVault and Eddie Wagner both played their cards right in the first two years of the TSRS Poker Series, as they were crowned champions in ’14 and 15, while taking home a nice payday at the Bridgeport Speedway year-end banquet.  The Poker Series pays out to the best three hands as well as the ‘worst’ hand in cash/product.

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Tim Tanner Jr. of Tanner Bros. Dairy has finished runner-up in back to back seasons in the Poker Series.  Tanner is no stranger to racing as his family has been involved in the racing community for more than three decades.  “We’ve been wanting to help out with the Poker Series for a while now, and this year, we were finally able to do it,” Tanner explained.  “Bridgeport is one of the best tracks we visit, if not the best and it only makes sense for us to be a part of a facility that’s doing things the right way.  The track is usually in real good shape and I think our club puts on some great racing there,” offered the driver of the No. 18.  “Honestly, we really do enjoy going to Bridgeport, especially when we get to go behind the grandstands and visit with all the fans be a part of all the activities that they do down there.  We’re looking to have a good year and hopefully we can move up one more spot in 2016,” summed up Tanner.

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The 305 Sprinters will see eight nights of Saturday action (4/30, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13, and 8/27) while making four appearances (6/24, 8/5, 9/23, 11/11) on Friday evenings.  The 5/21, 6/4, 6/18, 7/9, 7/23, and 8/27 dates wills serve as the six Poker Race events.  The August 13th date should also be noted that this will be an Inter-Regional race drawing cars from the PASS and CSRA 305 Sprint Series.  Bridgeport Speedway is still seeking additional sponsorship towards the six-race point fund.  If you’d like to become a marketing partner please contact the speedway at 856-467-4408.


The TSRS Joe Grandinetti-led club can be contacted through their website at  For more information on Tanner Bros. Dairy Farm you can visit their website  For all the latest news regarding Bridgeport Speedway please visit the track’s website at  You can also follow them on facebook, twitter, and snapchat.

Remembering Fred “Fritz” Ritchings

I can honestly say that I never thought I’d be talking about losing another Bridgeport Family member again so soon.  Less than a month ago, the racing community lost a true race fan in Larry Daniels.  Yesterday, suddenly Fred ‘Fritz’ Ritchings was gone.  If you were a regular at Bridgeport, I can guarantee you you’ve seen Fred or probably even talked to him several times over the years.  You know, we have slogan on our t-shirts that says ‘We are Bridgeport’.  Well, Fred Ritchings epitomized that phrase.image1 (3)

I personally didn’t know Fred until I started working at Bridgeport three short years ago.  All I can really say is that the man honestly and genuinely LOVED Bridgeport Speedway.  The stories he would tell…and many of them several times over (which I will miss) were always entertaining.  Fred lived down in Belleplain, NJ.  Belleplain’s not really near anything to be honest, so it was a decent hike for ‘ol Freddy each and every week.  Every week like clockwork Fred would show up to Bridgeport Friday morning and start cleaning up and helping out.  He loved to use the ‘big blower’ as I called it.  He’d blow all the dirt, dust, and sand off the midway each weekend.  Then he’d make a round through the bathrooms to make sure they were straightened up.  Then he’d take a rest and tell me a story in my office.  Next, he’d run off somewhere for a lunch break and come back and start picking up any loose trash.  Then he’d tell me another story and just how much he loved Bridgeport and how happy he was to help us every week.

Fred would stay over on Friday nights and usually sleep in his truck, which he would always brag about how it had like 350,000 miles on it or something….I just know it was a lot and every time we rode to the hardware store, I just would hope that we’d make it back to the track without breaking down.  Early every Saturday morning Fred would wake up and drive to pick up his good friend and Bridgeport’s good friend ‘Buddy’ over in Clayton, NJ.  They’d be back at the track before 9am cleaning, shoveling, sweeping, blowing, you name it.  I think Freddy’s favorite part of the day was when Keith would tell him to get in the packer vehicles and work the track.  Ooooh Fred just loved going around on that track squishing that mud around.  In fact one time, he was out there riding around on three tires with the one tire completely off of the rim flopping around.  He was so into it and happy to be out there, that he never even noticed the difference…I’m telling you, you had to be there to believe it.


After the races on Friday nights, I’m usually in my office working on the computer and Fred would mosey on in around midnight and just start talking away.  He’d tell me so many different stories about Alcyon, Vineland, and Pleasantville Speedways.  I know he loved Pleasantville.  He liked Wall and when New Egypt was paved back in the 70s too.  ‘Freddy Fred’, as I would call him sure did make the time go by each and every Friday night till usually 2 in the morning.  He always would make it a point and tell me just how he enjoyed working with our team…Brian, Dave, Keith, Kolby, and myself.  Fred just wanted to be a part of something just like Larry.  I know that he’d put out schedules at his local diner and gas station just to spread the word about Bridgeport.

Fred called me less than two weeks ago just to ask about our employee meeting and couldn’t believe what had happened to Larry.  The last month has been a hard one for the Bridgeport Team, that’s for certain.  Things definitely won’t be the same around the facility for us before, during, and after the show on race night.  Fred, you will be missed by all my friend.  God Bless.

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